Scarcity of petroleum products in Kano and Jigawa has forced the commodity to sell like gold in the states, as fuel queues have become a common sight in parts of the North West.
Investigation by Nigerian pilot indicates that the situation has forced vehicle owners to wait endlessly on queues for days to just to have a drop of the commodity to enable them move around and do their normal businesses.
Following the development, vehicle owners are forced to buy the scarcity from black the market located side by side with filling stations displayed in gallons across strategic places in the states.
Nigerian Pilot learnt the scarcity has made millionaires of the black marketers, as a four litre gallon of fuel now sells for N1, 000. Although most filling station visited have no fuel, Forte oil filling station along Club road sold to over 250,000 buyers and vehicle owners struggling to have it at all cost.
As a result of the severity and unprecedented scarcity, the kano state Task Force on Petroleum products has directed all independent oil marketers in the state to stop selling more than N5,000 worth of petrol to each motorist at a time. It held that the development was part of measures to cushion the effect of the lingering fuel scarcity in Kano state. The taskforce chairman, Alhaji Rabiu Ahmed Bako, gave the directive, weekend, during the committees’ fact finding visit to Kano depot zone of the NNPC.
In a bid to get rid of the black marketers, which often get the product at the expense of the motorists, the task force boss, who is also the Commissioner for Commerce, warned that any filling station caught diverting fuel or selling the product inside gallon would be sanctioned.
metropolis, black marketers holds sway all through the day.
…sells for N300 per litre in Jigawa
Meanwhile, as fuel scarcity bites harder in Hadejia, Jigawa State, the price of a litre of petrol has risen to N300, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.
A NAN correspondent reports that many petrol stations in Hadejia had no product to sell at the time of this report.
Petro is only available at black markets where it sold at N300 per litre, well above the N87 approved pump price.
The situation has led to drastic drop in the number of commercial vehicles on roads in the area.
Malam Ibrahim Hassan, a commercial bus driver, said that he was experiencing difficulties getting petrol.
Hassan said that the situation was affecting his daily revenue as “I am spending much on fuel due to the lingering scarcity.”
The driver said that he had resorted to carrying more passengers to make up for the expenses on fuel.
“I am overloading passengers to avoid incurring losses.”
Malam Baballe Haruna, treasurer of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in the area, condemned the non-availability of petrol in the area.
Haruna said that the trend had exposed members of the union to hardship, adding that most of them had parked their vehicles.
He appealed to the federal government to adopt practical measures to end scarcity of petroleum products in the country.